Health Promotion Newsletter Issue No. 31

15 Dec

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December 15, 2016

Dear Clients,

Christmas Holidays season is soon upon us.  I like to take this opportunity to wish all of you and your partner/caregiver glittering warm loving holidays filled with joy and laughter.

The 2016 Health Promotion came to an end in November 25, 2016 with two astonishing peers to share with us their lived experiences. I have to applaud their courage and tenacity because public speaking is not an easy thing to accomplish. Both individuals continue giving back to the community not just on their special spotlight but they continue to contribute their expertise and skills to the community on a day-to-day basis.

In October we had a workshop on a research project:   “Translating Physical Exercise into the HIV Community” presented by Melanie Bisnauth.  The work shop was well attended by over 25 participants.  It was informative and many participants registered in this research.  If you wish to find out more about this research or like to participate, please contact me directly or  to Melanie at 416 946 3935.

I am still welcoming any topics of the Health Promotion workshops for 2017. Please kindly email directly to me or your support staffs. We will definitely consider your suggestion.  Looking forward in 2017 Health Promotion topics, I am excited to let you know a few topics in line which I think is relevant to our own health and well being such as HIV and CD4 non-response, HIV and Gut health, Aging and cognitive change and many more to be announced in early March 2017.

Recently PrEP is a hot topic in our community.  I find this article in fascinating for me.  I like to share with you on HIV infections despite PrEP.  Please take a moment to read it and you can be your own judge.  Please see article as follows.

Wishing everyone has a great start in 2017 and looking forward to seeing many of you at Health Promotion workshop in Feb. 2017.

Again have a happy and healthy holidays.

Best Regards,

Kenneth Poon – Health Promotion Worker

(647) 2783835

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By Damon Jacobs, JD David’s and Myles Helfand


February 26, 2016

A thorough case study has revealed the likely acquisition of HIV by a 43-year-old gay man in Toronto who was adherent to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Presented at CROI 2016 on Feb. 25, this is the first documented case of “PrEP failure,” and it is spurring a lot of community and scientific discussion.

“PrEP works when taken. Very rarely, PrEP with FTC/TDF [emtricitabine/tenofovir, Truvada] may fail to provide full protection against rare multidrug resistant viruses,” said noted PrEP and HIV prevention researcher Robert Grant in an interview with BETA. “If that happens, HIV treatment is highly effective and prolongs life to normal levels and makes people less infectious.”

It’s not surprising that HIV community members, educators and care providers have many questions and concerns when they learn about this particular case. Let’s break down the information to address some of the top questions we’re likely to hear from people who are on PrEP, considering PrEP use or living with HIV.

Why didn’t PrEP prevent HIV infection in this person?

PrEP did not prevent infection in this instance because the person was exposed to a strain of HIV that had become resistant to several antiretroviral medications. These medications included (but were not limited to) tenofovir and emtricitabine, the two antiretrovirals in Truvada, which is currently the only PrEP regimen approved in the U.S.

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